There are heritage trails to discover, a variety of community events and festivals and many colourful community markets happening every weekend.
The Wurundjeri William people lived here for at least 30 thousand years, developing their own environmental and management practices, complex social systems and spiritual beliefs.
European settlement moved into the Parish of Nillumbik and farmed until, like elsewhere in Victoria, the gold rush erupted. Major sites throughout Nillumbik boosted employment until the early 20th century when the boom was replaced by the more placid pursuits of fruit growing and wine producing.
The tradition of handmade building continues with many mudbrick buildings seen in the living environment of Nillumbik.
Nillumbik is renowned for offering a blend of arts, heritage, wine and cuisine in a living bush landscape that can be found nowhere else… and right on Melbourne’s doorstep!
Nillumbik is accessible by road, bus and train. Located at the end of the M80 Ring Road (formerly the 'Western Ring Road'), it is an easy 25 kms north-east of the city and 25 kms from the airport. From the CBD, take the Tullamarine Fwy tollway to the M80. The Nillumbik region begins at its Greensborough tip.
Alternatively, you can take the Eastern Freeway to Burke Road, then follow Rosanna Road to the Greensborough Hwy. From the airport simply head straight down the M80.
Public Transport Victoria has regular trains to Nillumbik. The Hurstbridge line travels through the heart of Nillumbik with stops at Eltham, Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen and Hurstbridge.
To explore the region more widely, jump on one of the many buses that run through the region.
Wander around our Villages
Diamond Creek, abutting its gently flowing namesake, is literally where town and country meet. The thriving business hub offers 120 established and nascent restaurants, retailers, supermarkets and professional services committed to their customers. It’s beautiful, too, evident on the Diamond Creek Trail, a gently undulating cyclist and pedestrian path through parklands, the creek valley and semi-rural suburbia. Country-style relaxation at the end of the Ring Road.
The Hurstbridge train line winds through a canopy of native trees before terminating at a rural village renowned for antiques and collectibles, health products, organic produce and alternative fashions. Grab your grub at the Hurstbridge Farmers Market (first Sunday of each month, except January) or a mouthwatering cake from quaint local cafes. You can work it off with strolls at Fergusons Paddock and the bewitching Heritage Trail, or simply watch the gum trees sway while enjoying another slice. Hurstbridge is a little bush gem!
Eltham is renowned for its green spaces, art community and family-friendly feel. Only 19 km north east of Melbourne’s CBD, it is a doorway to a densely treed region dubbed “the green wedge” or “Melbourne’s lungs”.
The main street and shopping area meld city sophistication with country charm and feature several meeting spots for live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. The annual Jazz Festival is a staple for music lovers.
Enjoy boutique shopping, food, wine, song and exceptional customer service from passionate local traders.